Having a week off for me is usually about sitting around and doing nothing. I tend to have very small lists of things to get on with that take little to no time each. I didn’t do that this time, and I’ve managed to get a lot done. I’ve moved some furniture around so I’m not daisy-chaining extension cables (dangerous and stupid, but hey) and while I could do with getting a small table or something similar, I finally no longer need to shut my curtains all the time to block the sunlight from making it impossible for me to see the screen. I also used the week off as an opportunity to enjoy some of the games that have sat on my Pile of Shame for a while.
The first one I tore into was Typing of the Dead: Overkill. This was a title I bought during the winter sales and I was pretty much jumping on it as soon as I could. The drive behind the purchase was that I couldn’t find a legal copy of the original TotD (which is a crying shame) without spending silly amounts. But the sad truth is that this is not the better version of TotD. Overkill is more a step backward compared to what was in the original. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of fun, it just lacks. Take the bosses as an example: During the Tower in the original, you had to answer a question correctly by typing in the answer before the timer ran out. There was nothing like that in Overkill, just single-letter attacks to drop flying projectiles, and long phrases before the enemy attacked. No training mode either, something that was welcome in Typing of the Dead as the game taught touch-typing. That was the point of TotD; making learning a skill fun. While fun, this is not the title I was looking for and will probably bewilder anyone that hasn’t heard of the original. The title also includes the original House of the Dead: Overkill, so that’s something. Pity you can’t really find a PC Light Gun to play it with.
Continue reading ‘Pile of Shame – 19th January 2013′
Another Winter Sale has been and gone, and I find myself looking at the small pile of change I have from my purchases and weep a little. Of course I joke about the weeping, but there is something to be said when someone like me purchases a lot of titles during a sale for a few pounds each time, then has a look at the total. The Winter Sale for me is the only time that I don’t go by a budget. It’s more a treat for me so I just try not to go crazy and make it so I’m broke before the end of the month.
What was surprising to me was that more of my money was spent on GoG, for the second time in a row, than was spent on Steam. I seem to enjoy the older titles more than the newer ones. Maybe that’s because of the sheen that nostalgia puts on retro games, or just because I’m further out of the PC gaming scene than I have been before. Regardless, I doubt the trend will continue. I used GoG’s wishlist pretty much exclusively for my purchases so it was stuff that I knew I had wanted for a while. And that’s just it; there’s only so many games that I want from their library, and I try to keep GoG as my retro library so I get recent titles from Steam.
Continue reading ‘Winter Sale 2013 – My Sack is Bulging’
I don’t live in a large town. Frankly, aside from a couple of large stores and many pubs, our town centre is about four streets worth. So I’d call it a small place. For a past time such as gaming, that doesn’t leave much space to have a games store but for a while we managed to have three. We had the local ‘Mom and Pop’ store, Currys, and Blockbuster.
Blockbuster got the most of my gaming budget. Currys was far too expensive aside from a few titles and the Mom and Pop store disappeared a couple of times, one due to troubles with the law and the other found it better to run their business through eBay. We’ve got another in town, but like most small places it’s overrun by the same titles that people trade in for a few pittance.
Blockbuster was my store of choice throughout this generation, or rather the store of convenience. I found lots of good classics there and more importantly, they had a national library of used games to draw on. I support used games on non-PC platforms, and were it not for Blockbuster I probably would have overpaid many times on obscure titles that were cult classics without the following they deserved.
Continue reading ‘RIP Blockbuster’